- Good price for three lenses
- Arms can be shaped to fit easily
- Good anti-fog properties
- Lenses could offer more colour 'pop' in dull light
- There's a knack to changing the lens
- Subjectively not as 'cool' as larger framed glasses
The Tifosi Brixen unisex glasses have interchangeable lenses, medium coverage and are pretty lightweight too. For a middle of the range pair of cycling glasses, these perform pretty well. They might not look as ‘cool’ as other glasses but they are unobtrusive and suitable for a range of cycling disciplines.
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The frameless glasses from Tifosi sit pretty much slap bang in the middle of what we might call a reasonable price for cycling glasses. With three lenses; clear, all conditions red and smoke, these are good for a variety of riding and weather conditions. All three lenses protect from UVA/UVB rays and all are made from a nylon that can tolerate lots of bending. The smoke lens is a little on the dull side and the red/orange option doesn't make the landscape 'pop' as much as other more expensive pairs but the coverage is good in a slimline package.
The lenses are not too much of a fiddle to change, although there is a bit of a knack to placing the arms back onto the lens, I found I needed to be more forceful than I first thought was a good idea. There is a small amount of damage to the outer edge of the lens where the arm inserts, not something that affects the use but something to keep an eye on if you are changing lenses regularly.
Both the nose and the earpieces are adjustable, the arms are super bendy allowing you to contort them into the required shape. Fit wise the glasses sit close to the face whilst still allowing circulation of air. They were unobtrusive and fit my face with a variety of helmets, although everyone will be different in this respect.
The glasses didn’t fog unless I was hot and stood still in muggier or wet weather, a short pedal and they cleared quickly. There’s no hydrophobic coating advertised for the lens but I found rain to bead off well and they have been pretty scratch resistant too.
The glasses come in a neat case with a separate divider for the unused lenses and a glasses bag which doubles up as a wipe. At £65 these are an ideal staple product for any cyclists, they may not look as cool as some of the larger framed glasses that are popular at the moment but they do the job of keeping muck from the eyes well and are much less spendy.
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